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Course Schedule for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - Fall 2014
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
2047 ENVS-112-01 Introduction to Earth Science 1.25 LEC Geiss,Christoph TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: 7 seats reserved for first-years, 5 for sophomores, 4 for juniors and 2 for seniors.
  NOTE: 5 additional seats will be available with instructor permission.
  The course will introduce students to the basic principles of geology, such as rock and mineral identification, the interpretation of the geological record, and the theory of plate tectonics. These principles will allow us to reconstruct the Earth’s history, to interpret sedimentary records in terms of environmental change, and to assess the impact of human activity on the Earth system. Additional topics include volcanoes and igneous rocks, sedimentary environments, the Earth’s climatic history, the formation of mountain ranges and continents, and an introduction to the Earth’s interior. Two one-day field trips focus on the local geology and the various rock types found within the state.
2048 ENVS-112-20 Introduction to Earth Science 1.25 LAB Gourley,Jonathan R. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: 5 additional seats will be available with instructor permisson.
  The course will introduce students to the basic principles of geology, such as rock and mineral identification, the interpretation of the geological record, and the theory of plate tectonics. These principles will allow us to reconstruct the Earth’s history, to interpret sedimentary records in terms of environmental change, and to assess the impact of human activity on the Earth system. Additional topics include volcanoes and igneous rocks, sedimentary environments, the Earth’s climatic history, the formation of mountain ranges and continents, and an introduction to the Earth’s interior. Two one-day field trips focus on the local geology and the various rock types found within the state.
2041 ENVS-275-01 Methds in Environmentl Science 1.25 LEC Morrison,Joan
Douglass,Cameron H.
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149L.
  A field-oriented, problem-based course covering data collection and analysis methods commonly used to conduct environmental assessments and to solve environmental problems. This course includes methods for risk assessment, land management and land use history determination, habitat analysis, bio-monitoring, soil composition analysis, soil and water chemistry analysis, and GIS mapping. A strong emphasis is placed upon research design, data manipulation, and statistical analysis. As a culminating exercise, students in the course prepare a final report that integrates all the topics and techniques learned throughout the course and that addresses the focal problem. This course is not open to first year students without permission of instructor.
2042 ENVS-275-20 Methds in Environmentl Science 1.25 LAB Morrison,Joan
Douglass,Cameron H.
W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149L.
  A field-oriented, problem-based course covering data collection and analysis methods commonly used to conduct environmental assessments and to solve environmental problems. This course includes methods for risk assessment, land management and land use history determination, habitat analysis, bio-monitoring, soil composition analysis, soil and water chemistry analysis, and GIS mapping. A strong emphasis is placed upon research design, data manipulation, and statistical analysis. As a culminating exercise, students in the course prepare a final report that integrates all the topics and techniques learned throughout the course and that addresses the focal problem. This course is not open to first year students without permission of instructor.
3162 ENVS-286-01 Theory&Appl of Geograph Info S 1.00 LEC Gourley,Jonathan R. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  A lecture/lab course that focuses on the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using the ESRI ArcGIS software package. ArcGIS is a powerful mapping tool that facilitates the compilation, analysis and presentation of spatial data for a wide variety of disciplines including the natural and social sciences and any other field that uses spatial data. This course will provide students with the fundamental skills needed to design and manage digital databases and map sets so that they may integrate GIS into future courses, research, or careers. Topics include basic and advanced navigation and functionality within the ArcGIS workspace; database management and querying; and methods of data acquisition for GIS project building. Class projects on lab computers will be an integral component of the course and will be tailored to the specific interests and goals of individual students. This course does not meet the natural science distribution requirement.
3420 ENVS-303-01 Advanced Topics in GIS 1.00 LEC Ibraheem,Mustafa J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 286 or permission of instructor
  This course applies spatial analysis techniques to a variety of topics in Urban Studies and Environmental Science. Prerequisite: ENVS 286 or instructor permission.
2159 ENVS-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2160 ENVS-405-01 Internship in Env Science 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course allows students to meet the integrating experience requirement for the environmental science major through an approved integrated internship. Students who wish to use an internship toward the major must have their integrated internship contract approved by the Environmental Science Program director before the internship is begun. All students undertaking approved internships will be required to keep a detailed log of their activities, prepare a final written report and make an oral presentation of their work to the Environmental Science Program staff and students in order to complete the internship credit.
2172 ENVS-419-01 Research in Env Science Libr 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Students will conduct library research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing this type of independent study should plan on a full semester culminating with the completion of a final formal paper. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2161 ENVS-425-01 Research in Env Science Lab 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Students will conduct original laboratory research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing to pursue independent study of this type should plan on initiating the work no later than the fall of the senior year, and should also plan on no less than two semesters of study with a final formal report to be submitted to the staff. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2162 ENVS-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2189 ENVS-497-01 Honors Research 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  An extended paper on the subject of the student's two-semester research project with a professor in environmental science, to be read by three or more members of the program. This course is open only to those environmental science majors who wish to qualify for honors (See paragraph on honors in environmental science in the description of the major). Simultaneous enrollment in Environmental Science 419 or 425 during the spring semester of senior year, submission of the special registration form available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2895 BIOL-333-01 Ecology 1.25 LEC Smedley,Scott R. MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
2896 BIOL-333-20 Ecology 1.25 LAB Smedley,Scott R. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
3109 HIST-219-01 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Kete,Kathleen
Cocco,Sean
Wickman,Thomas M.
MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 90
  NOTE: 30 seats are reserved for Sophomores, 35 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.